Joint initiative to tackle rheumatic fever.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Rheumatic fever (Care and treatment)
|Publication:||Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032|
|Issue:||Date: March, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 2|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand|
Rheumatic fever is being tackled head on at Counties Manukau
District Health Board (DHB) this year, with 13 different providers,
including primary health organisations, non-government organisations and
the DHB, joining forces to combat the disease. The recently formed Child
Health Alliance--Counties Manukau" met for the first time earlier
this year to begin implementing its collective approach to preventing
rheumatic fever, which disproportionately affects Maori, Pacific and
poor people. The alliance was formed in response to the
Government's rheumatic fever prevention programme for eight
high-risk rheumatic fever regions. Throat swabbing will start in schools
in Otara, Mangere, Manurewa and Papakura by term three. The Child Health
Alliance is also advocating for the programme to tackle skin infections
and provide housing assessments.
Under an agreement between National and the Maori Party last December, rheumatic fever prevention programme funding has doubled to $24 million.
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